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President, VP announce job-driven grants.Open in a New Window

President Obama and Vice President Biden announced $550 million in grants to fund training partnerships between employers, community colleges and apprenticeship programs. 


CO legislation to fund adult education advances.Open in a New Window

Colorado took one step closer towards expanding career pathways for adult learners with the passage of House Bill 1085 by the state House of Representatives. The bill provides $900,000 for adult education programs, and would be the first appropriation of its kind for the Centennial State.


Ryan budget passes House.Open in a New Window

The Ryan budget would sink investments in non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs to historic lows.  


Candidates focus on the skills gap.Open in a New Window

The skills gap is on the agenda for the 2014 gubernatorial elections. Rather than debating whether there is a middle-skill gap, candidates are competing over who has the best plan to close it. Here’s a look at races in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.


1,062 orgs tell Congress to restore funding.Open in a New Window

This week, the Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce, convened by National Skills Coalition, along with the Committee for Education Funding, and the Coalition for Health Funding, delivered a letter signed by 1,062 national, state and local organizations representing all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to the House and Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Committees urging them to restore funding in fiscal year (FY) 2015 for programs under their jurisdiction to the FY 2010 level of $163.6 billion and to end sequestration.


New WDQC report and e-news.Open in a New Window

Today, Workforce Data Quality Campaign released its inaugural bimonthly e-newsletter and its new report, Credential Data Pioneers: Forging New Partnerships to Measure Certifications and Licenses.


VP announces apprenticeship consortiumOpen in a New Window

Earlier this week, Vice President Joe Biden announced a new Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium, which will help graduates of registered apprenticeship programs receive college credit for their apprenticeship training. 


Credential Conversation.Open in a New Window

A group of national experts on education and workforce policy, including from National Skills Coalition and Workforce Data Quality Campaign, released a report this week that identifies problems in the current credentialing system and calls for improvements to increase transparency, trust and portability.


House data bill advances.Open in a New Window

A bill that would reauthorize federal grants to support state longitudinal data systems passed the House Committee on Education and the Workforce this morning.


Senate passes UI extension.Open in a New Window

On April 7, the Senate voted 59-38 to approve bipartisan legislation extending emergency unemployment insurance benefits.

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